Farmers question the federal government’s commitment to publicly funded agricultural researchby Allan Dawson Almost 700 Agriculture and Agri-Food (AAFC) employees across Canada, including 55 in Manitoba, have been notified their jobs are on the line. Their unions say the notifications are part of a plan to eliminate an estimated 400 jobs as the federal government tries to cut spending. The Brandon Research Station’s beef research
The current press frenzy around Canada’s supply-managed dairy system is mostly thanks to the rhetoric of politicians south of the border. However, debate about the system has gone on within our own Canadian media for a long time too. Media debate around supply management often focuses on the issue of price for product on the
A combination of low prices and low quotas resulting from a huge Canadian and world wheat carryover in 1969 meant tough times for farmers, and this ad in our Nov. 13 issue invited them to diversify by getting into the Chinchilla ranching business. However, Saskatchewan Wheat Pool president E.K. Turner told his annual meeting that
The Manitoba Historical Society (MHS) is gathering information about all elevators that ever stood in Manitoba, regardless of their present status. Collaborating with the Manitoba Co-operator it is supplying these images of a grain elevator each week in hopes readers will be able to tell the society more about it, or any other elevator they know of.
Canada’s manufacturing sector has been faced with a number of challenges over the past 10 years: A super-cycle in commodity prices, which caused fluctuations in the value of the Canadian dollar and hurt our competitiveness. Slowing labour productivity and aging infrastructure has resulted in tough decisions on plant investment. All of this is occurring at
The agri-food sector featured prominently in a report from the Senate banking committee on internal trade barriers that are said to cost the Canadian economy at least $50 billion annually. In addition to the often-cited restrictions on sales of Canadian wine across the country, regulations on maple syrup, brie cheese, beer bottle sizes, the size
For the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association ‘growing forward’ means finding new funding partners to match government contributions. “The government has put out the challenge to CASA that if farm safety is important, they’re willing to support it, but other groups also have to be at the table,” said executive director Marcel Hacault. The association, which
Reuters / A Brazilian fertilizer deposit owned by Canada’s Brazil PotashCorp has potash reserves equal to at least 18 years of Brazil’s potassium-fertilizer needs, a source with direct knowledge of the project told Reuters. The mine project has total potassium reserves of about 500 million tonnes of which at least 125 million, or a quarter,
This March, the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA), the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA), and exclusive corporate sponsor Farm Credit Canada (FCC) want to encourage farmers to “Get with the Plan!” just in time for Canadian Agricultural Safety Week, March 10 to 16, 2013. Canadian Agricultural Safety Week (CASW) is an annual public education campaign
The Canadian Pork Council, along with the Canadian Wheat Board and the Canadian Horticultural Council, are no longer members of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. Not only do the departures throw a big spanner into CFA’s finances, they have some observers questioning whether it can still claim to be the country’s main national farm organization.